Study on Affixed New Words in Chinese Based on Memetics

Gaimei Zhao
2017 Proceedings of 3rd International Symposium on Social Science (ISSS 2017)   unpublished
A meme is an information pattern, held in an individual's memory, which is capable of being copied to another individual's memory. Memes are the basic building blocks of our minds and culture, in the same way that genes are the basic building blocks of biological life. Memetics is the theoretical and empirical science that studies the replication, spread and evolution of memes. If the contagious nature of memes is brought to bear upon popular words, it will, for sure, strengthen the study of
more » ... propagation of messages. Based on the meme theory, this paper explores that affixed new words resemble parasites in the way that they are copied and transmitted quickly, which have the following characteristics: dynamic, high frequency and derivational. From a certain point of view, affixed new words express people's values, ideas and state of mind and reflect the social phenomenon. It is hoped that the present paper may give readers some insight in exploration of the spread of affixed new words and draw attention of more people from different field of study. Study on Affixed New Words 2.
doi:10.2991/isss-17.2017.36 fatcat:jdzizkhqcffidn737sfekvpkoy